Crafting a good CV

When it comes to job hunting, your CV helps you to summarise your education, skills, and experience by marketing yourself to your potential employer. Getting it right is a big deal if you want to be interviewed within a short time. Getting it wrong will result to rejection. Your CV should be arranged in a way that reveals your information at a glance. That means that there are certain things that one must put in place for the successful crafting of a good CV.

I will show you how to craft a good CV that will help put you in the right path towards landing your dream job. Below are the steps that will help you craft a good CV.

PERSONAL DETAILS

Your name, marital status, date of birth, Nationality, Contact details, other information.  Depending on the job applied for, some of these details are not really necessary. For example; your date of birth should not be stated unless if needed, same goes for marital status. One error people make when it comes to personal details is in their email. Your contact detail should be as professional as possible if you want to be taken serious. Using childish emails having your nickname doesn’t work well. Your email should incorporate your real name. Your personal details introduces yourself to your potential employer. If you get it wrong from this stage, wave bye to the job. Remember to write your name in a larger font than the rest of your CV to make it stand out, after all it’s about you.

Your contact detail should be as professional as possible if you want to be taken serious. Using childish emails having your nickname doesn’t work well. Your email should incorporate your real name.

CAREER OBJECTIVE/PERSONAL STATEMENT

It doesn’t take more than 30 – 60 seconds for your CV to be glanced at, therefore you have to make a quick impression about yourself. The career goal you wish to achieve including the motivational factor that drives your career pursuit should be stated briefly. You are different from other applicants so also is your CV, especially your personal statement This is a very important part of your CV, getting it wrong has reduced your chances of being called for the interview.

WORK EXPERIENCE

This is where you are to show how far you have come in the pursuit of your career. The experience you have gathered over the years from the jobs done should be stated with the most recent coming top. The name of the organization/company, duration in organization and responsibilities should be included.

ACHIEVEMENT

Your achievement is a subset of your work experience. Your potential employer wants to know how valuable you will be. Usually your achievements must be in line with your role or responsibility from your previous work experience. This is the chance to show your successes from previous jobs done. Showing how your experience has given you the skills needed for the position will take you a step closer to the interview. Here, you are to explicitly state your successes and how you achieved it. For example; I registered 969 people in 3 weeks for a federal government scheme which generates employment for the citizens.

SKILL

This section is highly important if you must be called for the interview. Your potential employer wants to know what you can bring to the table. What will they benefit from you if hired? Will you be a positive addition to the work force? Every skill you possess must be stated clearly, especially the skills relevant to the position you are applying for.

Your potential employer wants to know what you can bring to the table. What will they benefit from you if hired? Will you be a positive addition to the work force?

EDUCATION

Your educational experience and achievements should be stated clearly from the most recently achieved award or honor. The institution name and duration of program together with the qualification or grade achieved should be shown – especially if it’s an academic-related application.

HOBBIES

Some people don’t feel it is necessary to have your hobbies or interest in your CV. However your hobbies and interest when mentioned could back up some of the skills acquired and also show your strength in other areas.

REFERENCE

Having someone who is willing to vouch for you is a good thing but this is not really compulsory. Having it as ‘Reference available on request’ or not adding it at all doesn’t really matter.

With the above guideline your CV shouldn’t be more than 2 pages. Make it as brief as possible with the relevant data clearly stated.

Lastly, check for errors in spellings. This is very important as typo errors will disqualify you there and then. With a well-crafted CV, you are one step ahead of others for the dream job.

April 25, 2018

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